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“A horror landmark and a work of gory genius.” (Joe Hill, New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman)

New York Times best-selling author Daniel Kraus completes George A. Romero's brand-new masterpiece of zombie horror, the massive novel left unfinished at Romero's death!

George A. Romero invented the modern zombie with Night of the Living Dead, creating a monster that has become a key part of pop culture. Romero often felt hemmed in by the constraints of film-making. To tell the story of the rise of the zombies and the fall of humanity the way it should be told, Romero turned to fiction. Unfortunately, when he died, the story was incomplete.

Enter Daniel Kraus, co-author, with Guillermo del Toro, of the New York Times best seller The Shape of Water (based on the Academy Award-winning movie) and Trollhunters (which became an Emmy Award-winning series), and author of The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch (an Entertainment Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year). A lifelong Romero fan, Kraus was honored to be asked, by Romero's widow, to complete The Living Dead.  

Set in the present day, The Living Dead is an entirely new tale, the story of the zombie plague as George A. Romero wanted to tell it.

It begins with one body.

A pair of medical examiners find themselves battling a dead man who won’t stay dead.

It spreads quickly.

In a Midwestern trailer park, a Black teenage girl and a Muslim immigrant battle newly-risen friends and family. On a US aircraft carrier, living sailors hide from dead ones while a fanatic makes a new religion out of death. At a cable news station, a surviving anchor keeps broadcasting while his undead colleagues try to devour him. In DC, an autistic federal employee charts the outbreak, preserving data for a future that may never come.

Everywhere, people are targeted by both the living and the dead.

We think we know how this story ends.

We. Are. Wrong.

©2020 George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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So far it's a giant yawn.

After eight hours of listening to The Living Dead, I am giving up. It is boring. I anticipated a romping good and scary zombie novel from Mr. Romero; instead. I've heard everything about everyone (not very interesting), but rarely does a zombie rear its ugly head. Then there is the endless social commentary which is inappropriate and annoying. I stupidly bought the damned thing so I may get back to it if I'm desperate for something to listen to. Yet, I wonder if that desperation will justify having to hear Lori Cardille's very bad narration (although the other two narrators are okay). Anyway, if the first eight hours are any indication, I cannot recommend The Living Dead to my Audible friends.

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  • Rhonda
  • 2020-08-12

Hmmm 🧐

First off, as an (almost) 54 year old life long fan of the late, but forever great, George A. Romero I hesitate to rate this at anything less than 4 of 5 stars. I see the complaints posted, regarding the liberal politics, etc. my question to those reviewers is... did you not know anything at all about the man? He was a radical his entire life. His films are liberal at their core. In order to be true to George’s Political/ life/ death philosophy, this novel HAD to be written as it is. I enjoyed long parts of this book, and I feel that I may have enjoyed reading it even more. The two male narrators do a fantastic job, the female narrator- not so much. Words were mispronounced and emphasis applied to wrong parts of sentences. Hence, reading in physical book form may have been a better experience. I think it could have been a bit shorter, a bit ‘tighter’, but even as I type this I have no idea where those edits could have been done. The scenes on the navy vessel, were probably my favorites of the novel. I am a flaming liberal, a Bernie Sanders liberal- but there were a few times I wanted to wrap those bits up in an ‘okay, yes we agree’ bundle, and set them to the side. So, overall a 4 of 5 for me, my only complaints are listed above. I loved the characters, I loved hating the bad characters. I love the message of the novel, the statements on humanity. If you are a conservative person, you probably should give this a hard pass. If you’re a lifelong fan of Romero, and understand anything about him as a person you’ll likely enjoy this audiobook. ~Stay Scared

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  • DBNB
  • 2020-08-11

Too political

I use Audible to escape the day to day political vomit that seems to permeate in almost every aspect of life lately. I returned this book after just listening to a couple hours. This book may entertain some but it came off as trying to shoehorn in as many social justice talking points as possible to me.

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  • Commander Shepard
  • 2020-08-13

Dead like a zombie

When I bought this I was expecting some nifty zombie action and a gripping story. Most of the chapters are a politically-correct horde of walking liberals. Although some of the stories are not so bad (sans the PC stuff). George Romero's fame hung on one concept and this installment was a whimper and not a scream.

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  • antonio
  • 2020-08-10

DO NOT BUY

This book is really boring. It will disappoint george romero fans. I've been a audible customer for 10 years and never found a book so bad that I felt I needed to warns others until now

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  • P.
  • 2020-08-10

Confusing, boring and uninteresting

I had been hotly waiting for this title for months. What a disappointment! The overly descriptive narration kept reminding me of how this isn’t a Stephen King story. Too much time on descriptions, character development, and not enough time on action and pacing.

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  • pal
  • 2020-08-18

The Romero Legacy's TRUE Heir....

Forget Max Brooks "World War Z" or Zack Snyders remake world, this is the true heir to the world of George A. Romero's masterwork, "Night of the Living Dead." Beautifully written and read. The exact kind of social commentary that Romero was a master of.

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  • Jason Davis
  • 2020-08-28

a legend's final masterpiece

This beautifully written story was shocking, to say the least. Before I purchased it , i was.... dissuaded. There were quite a few low reviews that seemed to come to some sort of sticky consensus that this books unavoidable "wokeness" and progressive ideology assaulted the listener like blows from a barbed wire covered baseball bat. I'm so glad I purchased it anyway. As a major horror (particularly zombie horror ) consumer, I never expected this gory, violent, despair filled story to make me question who I was as a person. I never imagined slipping into the shoes of a woman - ever so briefly - and honestly wondering if I had ever made a female uncomfortable or maybe even afraid. Many times after listening to the incredible narration , delivered powerfully and emotionally by two amazing storytellers, I sat alone and really looked within myself - all fear of what I may see be damned. I mused on what being human actually meant. The ups , the downs , the cruel behavior and the love. This book is set firmly in the present, and if listening to a voice speak on the current goings on of our great nation and the world at large is a turn off, then stop right here and bury your face back in the sand. Because once they get going, they grab you by the throat, plunge their fingers into your eye sockets and never let go. All of our flaws are on glorious display here, a 4th of July fireworks show that illuminates what we are and what we can be , in the dark. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It consumed me from the feet up and transformed me for the better. In my humble opinion, this is a must buy.

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  • Allen Rugg
  • 2020-08-25

Everything a Romero fan could ask for.

You can tell that Daniel Kraus was really trying to keep the spirit of George Romero in this book. It's delightful, as much as a book about the end of the world as we know it, the rebirth of that world, and the unsteady and calamitous first steps of humanity afterwards can be. The performances by both readers is great, especially when voicing one of the book's Trump-like antagonists, and enhances the experience measurably. Bottom line, if you like zombie fiction, this is a must have. If you like stories about suffering and redemption and loss and hope, then this is a must have. You won't regret it.

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  • Chris
  • 2020-08-15

Great narration and descriptive world

Follows multiple characters which the narrators do a fantastic job. Relatable to todays social climate.

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  • Monique Thompson
  • 2020-08-13

A good old fashioned creepy bedtime story.

I loved that there are multiple orators, that change that seen to acting at times. I imagine this is what radio used to be like before TV. ❤

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